About a week before Hurricane Ike happened I received my new flip mino. I was busy and just opened it up scanned through the instructions and thought when I have time I will learn how to use it. I realize now that was a big mistake on my part as Hurricane Ike happened and my first time to use it was while the hurricane was happening. There is a little bit of a learning curve involved and I ended up with a lot of short, jerky clips. There were a few that turned out somewhat okay so I am going to share those.
The first video I am sharing was taken while the hurricane was happening and was our very first video ever. The pine trees that you see swaying behind our neighbor's house did not fall; thank goodness. I have not learned how to edit the videos yet so it ends with a look at the tire of my husband's car. I uploaded these while I was visiting our daughter in New York City and should have edited them first I now see. Since we still don't have power and I found that it took FOREVER to upload these to U tube I'm going as is. Maybe when you get a flip video you can learn by my mistakes.
The second video that I am sharing is of a neighbor's big pine tree that fell down in front of our house missing our truck by about a foot. Had it swerved it could easily have taken out all three vehicles in our driveway. The car that is covered is our son's which we are storing while he is on his second tour of Iraq as an Intelligence Analyst with the Army. We were so blessed that the tree hit the way it did. I would have just felt awful telling him that his car was creamed sitting in our front yard while he was serving his country.
The last video I am sharing is of a home here in Coventry that had extensive damage. I took this video today and it wasn't quite as jerky but I'm still learning and I stumbled over the word extensive but it was the best video so I'm going with it. I showed the home when it was a pre-foreclosure but I think it might have become a foreclousure as it is not presently on the market. It does not appear to have anyone that has taken care of it since the hurricane.
I'm pleased with the Mino and glad that I got it in time to take pictures of the hurricane. It is really easy to use but I can see it will take a little practice; as with any new technology I add to my real estate arsenal. One of my biggest frustrations was how long it takes to upload to U tube. U tube gives a message saying it could be a few minutes; I found it to be quite a few minutes. When I was at 30 minutes I even emailed Missy thinking I was doing something wrong but I eventually got the message "Thank you! Your upload is complete." I did remember Missy saying to close all programs and I do think that helped in the upload process.
As I said earlier I'm home from visiting our daughter in New York City and had high hopes that I would be coming back to power, cable and phone but so far I get the phone ever once in a while but no power (except with a generator) and our cable is still down (even with a generator). We have two phone lines and our DSL is on our personal line. For some reason when the personal line comes through the business line does not a vice versa. Personally I just wish the personal line would stay up so I could stay connected with the Internet with our generator but that is beyond my control. Yesterday when It was down I ended up spending my afternoon in Panera Bread as they have free Internet and air conditioning.
I thought most of the hurricane winds happened over in Kingwood but I saw on television (on our local stations as that is all we are getting) a map that showed the hurricane winds and for whatever reason there was a small circle of hurricane winds that averaged 84 that hovered over the area we live in. I guess that explains why we have so much devastation over here. I don't know if you follow my localism post but I often talk about our towering pine trees and they are everywhere at the moment. I did see the electric trucks working on the trees that were hanging over the lines on Kuykendahl yesterday so I'm hopeful that our electric will be up soon.
All in all we personally have been blessed. I work out of a home office and don't have a high overhead. I do worry about those small Mom and Pop companies that are located in our area and are now going on two weeks without power and an income. I hope they make it. I think this hurricane is going to be far reaching for some time to come.
It is funny but I'm finding one of the things I miss the most is not being able to watch Fox news. Who would have thought!!